August 2014. Hervey Bay

August 2014. Hervey Bay

Date:Aug 17, 2014 Time: Type:Monthly Ride Location:Hervey Bay via Toogum

Ride to Hervey Bay.

17-8-2014

 by Peter Hansen

 

Six of us met at the usual place with Johan Zwocak as a guest rider on his well-prepared Hayabusa. Great sound with the pipes. There was no designated ride leader and Warren asked if I would do it. As I have missed many ride leader roles recently because of other commitments and as Warren has done more that his fair share, I accepted. It was all unplanned so it was going to be a simple ride. Not a bad idea with the potential for flooding after the previous two days rain.

 

The first bit was probably not the best choice, as I was informed by the complaints department. Maybe taking everyone down Barolin Street was not the best way to go as it was under repairs.

 

We headed for Toogoom for a coffee on the deck of the cafe/restaurant/pub or whatever it is. Either way it’s a great spot with the ocean view and sea breeze. After a prolonged chinwag which included more of John Alexander’s stories about his time in the Northern Territory, which left us in stitches, we set off for Harvey Bay. I temporarily parted company from the rest at this point leaving Warren as leader and caught up with them at the jetty after a slow, engine destroying (well it can be on a hot day) crawl along the foreshore. It’s always interesting to see the yellow house.

 

John Alexander led us to the yacht club for lunch as he was more familiar with the area having worked on boats there in a past life. The car park was chockers so we decided to change venue to the marina. The car park there was also chockers so we parked in a garden bed/lawn section. It was a bit tricky with the previous days rain.

 

We had lunch at the cheapest restaurant which was ok and I maintained tradition by eating someone else’s meal. It really is a nice spot there with the water, birds (feathered varieties) and

Relic of a Shameful Past

Relic of a Shameful Past

comings and goings of the whale watching catamarans. Tony was to join us for lunch but ran into water across the road near Torbanlea and decided to return to Bundaberg. The previous nights 50th (not his) had nothing to do with it.

 

The return trip had John leading again for a while till I was in more familiar territory. As we approached Torbanlea we came across the water over the road that turned Tony around. I think we all went through it a little too fast and it was deeper that we realised. At least the bikes got a good wash.

 

Between Torbanlea and Childers there was a long section of road works with a speed limit of 60kph. Work was not being done, there were no workers or machinery present and the road was in as good a condition as anywhere so why the 60kph? To add insult to injury there was a policeman with a speed camera in the middle of it. The Department of Transport and Main Roads and The Police Department are just giving themselves bad names (my opinion only). Fortunately many of the drivers warned us in the conventional way for which we are very thankful.

 

A fuel up at the BP for those that needed it and we were off home. I was an easy and not particularly long ride but the weather was perfect and that always make for a good day.

 

Thanks to John and Warren for their bits.

The Famous Jetty

The Famous Jetty

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